Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To save articles in ePub format for your eBook reader…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To save an article in ePub format, look for the ePub reader icon above all articles for logged in users, and click it to quickly save the article, which is automatically downloaded to your computer or device. (There may be times when due to font sizes and other original formatting, the page may overflow onto a second page.).

You can also easily save to PDF format, a journal like printed format.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Garza-Guerrero, A.C. (1981-82). The Superego Concept: Part II: Superego Development, Superego Pathology, Summary. Psychoanal. Rev., 68(4):513-546.

(1981-82). Psychoanalytic Review, 68(4):513-546

The Superego Concept: Part II: Superego Development, Superego Pathology, Summary

A. Cesar Garza-Guerrero, M.D.

Phase I: Aggressively Derived, Primitive, Sadistic Superego Forerunners

For reasons that will become more clear toward the end of this phase, I will describe phase one of superego formation as evolving through the first three stages of Kernberg's20 developmental schema of internalized object relations: from (1) normal autism or primary undif-ferentiated stage, to (2) normal symbiosis or stage of the primary, undifferentiated self-object representation, and through the (3) differentiation of self from object representations that begins between the sixth and eighth month of life and reaches completion between the eighteenth and thirty-sixth month.

The primary undifferentiated stage may last several weeks from birth on, for observations of infants indicate a capacity for the recog-nitory evocation of the mothering-one around the tenth week8; and, further, the consolidation of the primary undifferentiated self-object representation probably takes place somewhere between the fourth and the twelfth week. Throughout the primary undifferentiated stage, the “good holding mother” (in Winnicott's terminology) complements ego functions not as yet available to the infant. Such intuitive mothering satisfies the infant's needs and provides a source of pleasurable, gratifying experiences, which contribute to the gradual build-up in the baby of a basic core experience of satisfaction and pleasure.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.